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Richard Mellon Scaife, patron of the Dark Side of American politics, has a fatal cancer.

Posted by Charles II on May 18, 2014

Richard Mellon Scaife, has an untreatable cancer:

Nothing gives perspective to life so much as death.

Recently, doctors told me I have an untreatable form of cancer.

Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news. Naturally, I can’t share their enthusiasm.

The diagnosis has prompted me to consider my life, the city and region I call home, the country I love, and the many people I have known — especially those who are friends, or whose lives and achievements I respect.

In coming weeks and months, I hope to write about some of these things.

Richard Scaife was responsible for some of the worst of American politics. As Katie Heimer wrote,

The Arkansas Project was created and funded with the sole objective of digging up, and if necessary fabricating, any information that could be used to defame the Clintons and those around them. Over the course of several years, Scaife allocated approximately 2.4 million dollars to the [American] Spectator for sole use in its “investigative” efforts to defame and humiliate Clinton(Lewis), efforts which resulted in the “revelation” (“fabrication” is perhaps more accurate in most cases) of tabloidesque stories such as the “Troopergate” and Whitewater scandals, Paula Jones’ allegations of sexual harassment, and the legitimization and continuation of conspiracy theories about the death of Deputy White House Counsel and close Clinton friend Vince Foster, among others (Phillips).

The “investigative” efforts of those involved in the Arkansas Project eventually led, albeit indirectly, to Clinton’s impeachment in the Monica Lewinsky scandal….

Over the next thirty years, Scaife alone would contribute $200 million to conservative causes (“The Right’s Big Moneyman”). This growth and expansion of
conservative journalism and conservative think tanks, which together formed a cohesive social and political movement, continued throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, bolstered by the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Smear politics, using fabricated accusations, were a staple of Mr. Scaife’s dedication to journalistic principles. Vince Foster committed suicide not just from depression, but because of the unjust accusations that Scaife leveled. Susan McDougal spent years in jail because of Scaife. Julie Hiatt Steele was bankrupted. But the most heart-rending stories are of the ordinary people who didn’t have any status or money to lose. They were ground into the dust for the sole purpose of illegally seizing power away from Bill Clinton, a man who was democratically elected. And, of course, the hypocrisy of Dick Scaife tormenting Bill Clinton for infidelity, exceeds all measure.

There are those who will welcome Mr. Scaife’s illness and impending death. I am not one of them. His pain, if any, relieves none of the pain of his victims. His death, when it occurs, will restore nothing. It will simply remove the context for why this country is so polarized and angry. His illness will will solve nothing. And from Scaife’s tone, it sounds as if he has learned nothing, regrets nothing, and will use him immense fortune simply to destroy more.

Sadly, there are dozens more like him, men (and a few women) with whom God has been extraordinarily generous and patient, to the point that the rest of us are neglected. They continue to pour money into corrupting and perverting the functions of democracy and, like John Moniz, turning Americans from a proud and free people into desperate courtiers.

But I suppose that Scaife’s illness can serve as a teachable moment, when we remember the evil that he did, and that will live on long after his bones are interred and his name forgotten.

8 Responses to “Richard Mellon Scaife, patron of the Dark Side of American politics, has a fatal cancer.”

  1. doodie said

    I shall think of this sick f*ck every time I sh*t for the next year. Alive or dead, he will always be a solid number two in my book. For the next year I shall bid a fond farewell to Richard Mellon Scaife by name as I reach for the flush lever.

    • Charles II said

      First, he may live many years. His cancer is untreatable, not necessarily aggressive. If you wish to celebrate, you may be jumping the gun.

      Second, his death and any pain he suffers will change essentially nothing. What would change things is if people would remember what he did and why it was so damaging to America.

  2. MEC said

    Will he have a deathbed conversion and repent of the harm he did, like Lee Atwater?

    • Charles II said


      Among other things, Atwater was a hired hand. It was easier for him to repent because it wasn’t his inner beliefs he was discarding, only his actions. Richard Scaife, in his own twisted way, thinks that what he did was right.

  3. Charles II said

    John, you’re simply too confused and ignorant to engage with. You’re not even entertaining. .

    I’ll give you one warning. Calling the owners of this site “radicals like yourself who thrive on hateful posturing and propagandist rhetoric ” is itself hate speech.

    It is also a violation of the site policy. Use such language again and your IP will be permanently banned.

    • jo6pac said

      Thank You;)

    • *smooch*

      Thanks for writing this post, by the way. Scaife has much for which to answer.

    • Charles II said

      I’m pleased to oblige, Jo and Phoenix. As I say in the Policy on Posting, ” in order to keep this fun for all concerned, it has to be a real conversation. That means real facts, genuinely-held beliefs, and mutual respect. If you’re not willing to take the risk that your opinion might be changed by talking to someone, well, then, are your beliefs really worth holding?”

      Can’t anyone on the right read that and get it?

      When this little troll outburst began, I was enjoying one of the happier days of my life. Who is this stranger to burst into my little internet home and–without even really inquiring into how we happened to arrive at our beliefs– start lecturing me on what we are, what we believe, and how rotten and evil we are? By contrast, I just hosted a rockribbed Republican, and we disagreed respectfully and without drawing conclusions about one another’s characters based on beliefs honestly arrived at.

      Bad cess to this entire generation of arrogant boors.

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